Prospective Applicants

Academic Advisement

The EMS Academy is committed to preparing students for a life of continual learning, adaptability, and individual fulfillment. Our advisor, faculty, and students will share responsibility for developing educational plans compatible with career aspirations.

EMT - Basic

This EMS certification level is the foundation level for all emergency medical responders. This course consists of 96 hours of didactic instruction and 80 hours of lab instruction, including individual instruction on a range of basic skills. Upon successful completion of the course, graduates will be eligible to sit for the National Registry EMT licensing examination.

EMT - Intermediate

Students who have completed the EMT-Basic program are eligible for this program, which builds on the skills from the basic course and affords students clinical rotations as well as didactic and lab work. The course consists of 75 hours of didactic instruction, 60 hours of lab instruction, and at least 75 hours of clinical rotation with one of a New Mexico hospital or EMS services. Upon successful completion of the course, graduates will be eligible to sit for the National Registry Advanced EMT (AEMT) licensing examination.

Paramedic Program

This course is designed to instruct a student already certified at the EMT-Basic or EMT-Intermediate level to become a Paramedic. The program consists of approximately 1680 hours of lecture, lab, clinical and internship. The course is completed as a traditional 12-month curriculum, with the program beginning in August of each year and ending in August of the following year. Graduates of the course are awarded a certificate upon completion, and are eligible to sit for the National Registry Paramedic licensing exam and application for New Mexico EMS licensure.

Austere and Mountain Medicine

The Austere and Mountain Medicine program covers several education options. The Diploma in Mountain Medicine (DiMM) is designed for paramedics, doctors, and nurses to train in the international standard for mountain medicine. Wilderness First Aid classes are offered to all students, and more advanced Wilderness EMT and first responder training are also available. The Austere and Mountain Medicine program also offers fellowships and an elective for medical students.

Contract Courses

The UNM EMS Academy has a division dedicated to providing customized education offerings to groups. We currently provide our EMT and Paramedic programs under agreement to the US Air Force, to the Albuquerque Fire Department and to several local fire services. We have offered customized, high quality short courses to organized groups, under contract, across New Mexico.

Rural and Frontier Education

In an effort to provide accessible EMS training to rural areas, EMSA instructors travel across the state to teach First Responder, EMT basic and EMT intermediate courses. Didactic and training materials are delivered from the EMS Academy in Albuquerque using a dedicated fleet of trucks and trailers. EMSA also serves as a resource center for paramedic satellite programs across the state. We currently partner with three community colleges across New Mexico to provide paramedic education.

NM State Transition Course

New Mexico requires all out-of-state EMS providers to complete a 16-hour NM EMS transition course at one of the state-approved NM EMS training institutions as a prerequisite to applying for State licensure. This 16-hour course is intended to familiarize the candidate with New Mexico EMS Guidelines (treatment, drugs, procedures, and operations). The course is a hybrid of online training and in-class practical applications, and is taught by a New Mexico state-approved EMS Instructor/Coordinator.

68-Whiskey Transition Course

EMSA Online Paramedic and Combo Refresher Courses

The EMSA Online Refresher Program is dedicated to providing web based, multimedia courses that update EMS personnel on the latest pre-hospital medical practice. Register for or log in to online paramedic and combo refresher courses here.

Airway 911 Online Course

Airway 911 provides medical students and professionals across the state with up-to-date training on the latest airway management and sedation technologies. These multimedia courses involve didactic instruction, filmed re-enacted scenarios, and detailed skills training. Sign up for a course or find out more here.

Bachelor of Science in EMS

This four-year undergraduate program places emphasis on both the science and the humanity of prehospital medicine. Our curriculum begins with general education, including courses in the humanities, the social sciences, and the basic sciences. In the third year, core paramedic training courses add to the student’s EMT-Basic training from the first two years. By the time they leave EMSA, our graduates are excellent clinicians, teachers, researchers and leaders. The BS program may be started either as an incoming first-year student at UNM or as a student transferring with an associates degree or prior college courses.